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Comments about REI Rechargeable Travel Light:
If you're travelling with a computer, this is a handy lightweight flashlight, clip-on light and headlamp. The 3 LEDs are fairly bright, and the head and USB section at the other end, both swivel up to 90 degrees left and right from the body.
When plugged into my MacBook, the width of the light blocks the adjacent USB port, which usually contains my mouse. No problem on newer PCs with more USB ports spread around the periphery that will charge even with the computer off. The USB connector has a little pull-off cover, which fits well, but it would be better if the cover was somehow attached to the light, so it won't get lost or forgotten when removed for charging. I'll probably add a piece of duct-tape insurance.
Two clips are supplied - one with a clothespin-like spring, the other a paper-clip style. When clipped to a book, the light has a bulls-eye bright centre, surrounded by a shadow. My middle-aged eyes find this uneven light insufficient for reading. If I hold the light 16" above the page, there is a good, evenly-lit reading area.
I get better results when using it as a headlamp. The spring-clip attaches to the adjustment strap on my golf cap - worn backwards. By adjusting the angle of the LED head, my book is nicely illuminated.
When clipped to the top of my laptop screen (or a book), and with the head angled downward, the LEDs are visible from their sides, which I find annoying. A small strip of folded paper can be fashioned into a shade, held in the "hinge" of the head or taped in place.
While others might not need (or want to fold) an origami light shade, I'll put up with these inconveniences on a backpacking trip to SE Asia, in exchange for a versatile lightweight light source that does not require me to carry yet another charger or spare batteries. I'll leave the paper-clip holder at home.
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